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Last update: 2007-05-24

What is a 3-D chip?

2007-05-24 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast from WhatIs.com explores what 3-D chips are, how they're made and what their production might mean for the extension of Moore's Law into the third dimension. In April 2007, a new version of 3-D chips was announced by a partnership of IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researchers at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, with support from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency ( DARPA).

To learn more about the advance, we went right to the source and called up Kerry Bernstein. Kerry is a Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Hts, NY. Kerry was kind enough to sit down with WhatIs.com's Alex Howard to talk about IBM's development of through silicon vias, 3-D chips and the future of microprocessors.

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What is Web texting?

2007-03-08 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

Web texting is two-way text messaging from the Web to a mobile handheld device, usually a cellular phone.

Traditionally, SMS messages are texted from handheld to handheld. As mobile providers have improved their Web sites, it has become possible for subscribers to log on and send text messages to cell phones from the online account. Now, companies are taking it one step further and allowing text messages to be sent to and from an online application and a cell phone.

To learn more, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard called up Gavin Macomber, co-founder & executive vice president of MobileSphere, which has developed a Web texting platform.

When you listen to the podcast, you'll learn the answers to the following questions:

How is Web texting different from "normal" texting
How does Web texting work?
What security concerns are there with Web texting?
What is happening with mobile spam and SMSing? What about SMiShing?
What international issues are there with Web texting? Where does it work -– and where doesn't it?
How many users in North America are sending text messages vs. eastern Asia or Western Europe?
Are Treos and BlackBerrys and other QWERTY keyboard-equipped handsets changing the equation?
How is the market for Web texting changing with millions of users beginning to save, edit, upload and share multimedia content from camera and video phones?
What is fixed-mobile convergence and what's important about the trend?
What is a softswitch and how does it work?
What is an MVNO?



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What is Joost?

2007-02-23 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

What is Joost? Formerly known as the "Venice Project," Joost is an IPTV service based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology from the creators of Skype and Kazaa.

When you listen to this podcast from WhatIs.com, you'll learn the answers to the following questions:

Who created these P2P apps?
How is Joost different from YouTube, Current.tv, Revver or other online video?
What platforms does Joost work on?



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What is a media-aware network?

2007-02-23 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

A media-aware network uses a combination of software and hardware within routers to bring more intelligence to the edges of a network, enhancing the experience of VoIP, videoconferencing or other communications users. To learn more about media-aware networks, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard interviewed Cathal Phelan and Keith Morris, the CEO and VP of marketing, respectively, at Ubicom, a manufacturer of specialized processors and router equipment.


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What is a media-aware network? How do they work?
What does increased intelligence at the application layer mean in real-world terms?
What is a communications and media processor (CMP)?


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What is crowdsourcing?

2007-02-02 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a function traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people using the Internet. Crowdsourcing relies on a combination of distributed networks, inexpensive digital tools of production and people who create content, rate other people's work or solve problems in their spare time. To learn more about this buzzword, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard went right to the source and interviewed Jeff Howe, the writer who coined the term (in concert with editor Mark Robinson) and published this article exploring the crowdsourcing phenomenon in Wired Magazine.


When you listen to the podcast, you'll learn the answers to the following questions:

Where does the term "crowdsourcing" come from?
How does crowdsourcing work?
What are some real-life case studies of the phenomenon? How is Amazon's Mechanical Turk is an excellent example.of crowdsourcing?
What are the five new rules for this new labor pool?
How is crowdsourcing affecting the stock photo industry, corporate R&D, newspapers and advertising?
How is Second Life a pure example of crowdsourcing?
Where doesn't crowdsourcing work? Are fair labor concerns and protection of intellectual property at issue?



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What is a portable application?

2007-01-30 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

The term portable application broadly describes any software that has been adapted for use on a Flash drive, iPod or other mobile external hard drive. To learn more about portable applications, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard interviewed John T. Haller, the CEO and lead developer of PortableApps.



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In this podcast, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

What else defines a portable application?
What are the most commonly used – and useful – features seen in portable applications?
What do you need to install and use a portable application?
What technologies are typically used in making applications portable?
Can a portable application be fooled, spoofed or hacked by a third party?
What are some best practices for security, both for the drive and the computer it's plugged into? What about firewalls, data security, encryption and remote access?
How are portable applications being used to instantly upgrade old PCs and aid in disaster recovery?

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What is an information dashboard?

2007-01-18 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In information technology, the term dashboard refers to a graphical user interface (GUI) that organizes and presents information in a format that is easy to read and interpret. An executive dashboard is a computer interface that displays the information corporate officers need to effectively run an enterprise. To learn more about information dashboards, WhatIs.com's Alex Howard interviewed the CEO of iDashboards, Shadan Malik.



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In this episode of Tech Buzzwords from WhatIs.com, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

What are the key features of a effective dashboard?
What are the most commonly used – and useful – metrics you see displayed in dashboards?
What do you feel are the key points that an executive or organization should consider prior to choosing any dashboard application?
What is the process of implementing an executive dashboard?
How should an organization choose its metrics?
What technologies are typically used in the building of dashboards?
What are the barriers to adoption?
What needs aren't met by current versions of executive dashboards?
How do you create more utility than just a display? Are many executive dashboards just "flashboards?"
How do you deal with transparency and different levels of access from the CEO, CIO on down to managers, associates, clients and customers?
Can dashboards be fooled, spoofed or hacked by a third party?
Implementing business intelligence – or BI - tools is at or near the top of CIOs priorities for 2007, with revenue growing up to 2.5 billion this year, according to Gartner. Why choose a dashboard instead of so-called "scorecard" technology?
How is the demand for data from mobile workers changing? Is there a trend emerging for "ubiquitous BI" from smartphone-equipped workers?
Many companies – 64% according to Ventana Research – choose to build their own dashboards rather than buy software. Why use a third party product?

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What is FFIEC compliance?

2007-01-12 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In this WhatIs.com podcast, you'll learn about an attempt to modernize existing banking practices in the context of new online threats like phishing. To learn more about FFIEC compliance, WhatIs.com Assistant Site Editor Alex Howard interviewed Patrick Audley, the CTO of risk adaptive software provider Cogneto.


In this podcast, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

How does implementation of FFIEC recommendations change the ways that customers use a bank?
What’s the difference between single factor and multiple factor authentication? What is a factor in authentication?
Under FFIEC guidance, is a fingerprint or iris scanner or voice recognition system sufficient authentication?
How is dynamic reporting being used to decrease the incidence of fraud What is realtime risk analysis?
Are there any penalties for non-compliance?
Where are the majority of funds stolen in phishing attacks?




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What is a cognitive biometric?

2007-01-03 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)



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Do you know what a passthought is? We didn't either - until we recorded this podcast. To start off the new year with a bang, the Tech Buzzwords podcast from WhatIs.com tackles cognitive biometrics, a fast growing new field used in authentication in the finance industry and beyond. To learn more about "cognometrics," Assistant Site Editor Alex Howard interviewed Patrick Audley, the CTO of bleeding-edge risk adaptive software provider Cogneto.


In this podcast, you will learn the answers to the following questions:



What are cognitive biometrics -- and how are they different from more familiar biometrics like fingerprints or iris scans?
What is the fast growing area of biometrics?
What is a cognometric?
What is risk adaptive authentication?
What is a passthought?
How are modern authentication methods in the digital realm similar to those used by the ancient Sumerians or Israeli security for El Al?

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What is a web content management system?

2006-12-20 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)


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In this podcast from WhatIs.com, Assistant Site Editor Alex Howard interviews Erik Aeyelts Averink, the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Tridion, a leading global provider of web content management solutions.

Listen to this episode to learn the answers to the following questions:

What is web content management?
What trends are driving creation and adoption of web-based content management?
What factors do you emphasize when building a new CMS or upgrading an aging one?
What’s the difference between decoupled delivery and active delivery, in terms of web-content management system architectures?
What Web 2.0 technologies are having an impact on CMS software?


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What is a soft keyboard?

2006-12-06 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)


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What is a soft keyboard? What kinds of devices use them? Who can benefit from using them? Listen in to this podcast from WhatIs.com to learn the answers to these questions and a bit more.


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What is a mash-up?

2006-11-20 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)


What defines a mash-up? Where does the term come from? What technologies are used? What kinds of mash-ups are out there? How can you make a mash-up? Listen to this podcast from WhatIs.com to learn the answers to these questions and more.


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What is war driving?

2006-11-17 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)



What is war driving? Where does the term come from? How are war drivers using online mapping and GPS units to share their discoveries? Listen to this podcast from WhatIs.com to learn the answers to these questions and more.

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What is a Google bomb?

2006-11-03 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)



What is a Google bomb? Who uses them? Who came up with that term? How does a Google bomb work?

Download this podcast from WhatIs.com today to learn answers to these questions and more, including who's trying to use them in the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections.

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What is a zero-day exploit?

2006-10-25 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In this podcast from WhatIs.com, assistant editor Alex Howard interviews unified threat management expert Steve Fallin. One of the original architects of WatchGuard Technologies' popular LiveSecurity Service, Steve has spent the last seven years researching, writing, and speaking about network security for the small- to medium-size enterprise. Download this podcast to learn the following:

What zero-day exploits are
What your organization can do to prevent them
What you can do to minimize the damage from a successful exploit
Which sources of information you need to track to stay current with fast-changing patch requirement and vulnerabilities.


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What is SaaS? (Part II)

2006-10-10 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In this podcast from WhatIs.com, the second in a two-part series, assistant editor Alex Howard interviews Jeff Kaplan, managing director of THINKstrategies, about Software as a Service (SaaS). What should a CIO or business owner know about SaaS to effectively discuss it with clients, customers and staff? What's the difference between an ASP and SaaS? How is SaaS reshaping the basic economics of IT? How does SaaS work with legacy applications? What does SaaS mean for the future of packaged software? Listen today to learn the answers to these questions - and more.


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What is SaaS? (Part I)

2006-10-10 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In this podcast from WhatIs.com, the first of a two-part series, assistant editor Alex Howard interviews IT journalism veteran Paul Gillin about Software as a Service (SaaS) and his recent trip to SaaSCon. Listen in today to learn more about what SaaS is, how it's changing the software industry, who is using it and what you should know if you are considering integrating SaaS into your organization.


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What is the deep Web?

2006-10-10 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

In this podcast from WhatIs.com, assistant editor Alex Howard interviews Marcus Zillman, an expert in finding and retrieving deep Web content. Learn what the deep Web is, what kind of content exists there - and how you can start moving beyond Google to get much more from your research online.

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What is pretexting?

2006-09-18 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

What is pretexting? Who uses it? What kinds of information does a pretexter focus upon? Is pretexting legal?

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What is SATA?

2006-09-11 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast discusses SATA, a new standard for connecting hard drives into computer systems. As its name implies, SATA is based on serial signaling technology, unlike current IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) hard drives that use parallel signaling.


The podcast is based upon a comprehensive feature article by Stephen Bigelow, features writer for SearchStorage.com, exploring SATA's benefits and drawbacks, as well as how it stacks up against other technologies.


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What is Burning Man?

2006-09-05 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast describes Burning Man, the annual week-long experiment in temporary community that attracted more than 35,000 participants in 2005 to the alkali flats of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

Dedicated to anti-consumerism and self-expression, the Burning Man art festival traditionally culminates with the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a large man.

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What is 4G?

2006-08-30 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast defines 4G, the next generation of broadband wireless mobile communications.

If implemented, users of 4G may enjoy true pervasive computing, where simultaneous connections to multiple high-speed data networks are available throughout a geographical area with seamless handoffs.

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What is magnetic tape storage?

2006-08-21 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast defines magnetic tape storage and discusses best practices for using magnetic tape for data retention and long term storage.

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What is Virtuozzo?

2006-08-14 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

This podcast discusses Virtuozzo, a software application for enterprise server virtualization that allows an administrator to create virtual environments on a host computer at the operating system layer.

Instead of having one physical machine run muliple operating systems simultaneously, as the virtual machine model used by VMware and Mircrosoft Virtual Server or XEN does, Virtuozzo approaches virtualization by running a single OS kernel as its core and exporting that core functionality to various distributions on the host.

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What is SSI Injection?

2006-08-04 :: contactus@whatis.com (WhatIs.com)

SSI Injection is a server-side exploit technique that allows an attacker to send code into a web applications that use server side include (SSI) statements. This podcast defines the concept, including the dangers posed to unprotected servers, and offers some considerations for those seeking improved security against this attack vector.

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Tech Buzzwords from WhatIs.com

The editors of WhatIs.com produce a podcast series that highlights new developments in information technology and other topics of interest to the IT professional or educated consumer. Be the smartest geek in the NOC. Listen and learn.

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